ANTE UP: The Collection of Robert Eisenstadt

We welcome you to take part in Ante Up, the auction of the Robert Eisenstadt's incredible collection. The auction takes place on January 30, 2021 at 10:00AM CT. You can visit the auction website by clicking here.

You can also view the collection that is up for auction as a PDF.

If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Joseph Slabaugh (, 773-472-1442) at Potter & Potter Auctions.

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Eisenstadt 1942 - 2020

On June 5, 2020, Robert Eisenstadt died peacefully at home, in the loving presence of his sister Nancy and his sister's family. He will be dearly missed by all of us who loved and appreciated him. If you would like to leave a story about Robert, write a message, or read what others have written, please click here.

He took pride in his collection and loved sharing it with fellow enthusiasts; please have a look and enjoy.



The Burt Company had distinctive edge spots (inserts -- those small colored spots near the rim/edge of the chip).  For one thing, they appeared neatly in place on the finished chip.  And for another thing, the part of the edge spot nearest the center of the chip was concave; that is, curved towards the edge so they would be parallel to the edge of the chip and the inner circles of the chip; this feature is found on all the chips they made with edge spots one half inch or wider (as seen in the upper left chip below).

All of the Christy & Jones chips were manufactured by the Burt Company.  After Christy & Jones dissolved in 1965, the Paulson Company was formed, and it continued to use the Hat and Cane mold.  For the first five years the Paulson Hat and Cane chips were made by the Burt Co., which used the same distinctive edge spots as on the Christy & Jones chips.  But when Paulson decided to manufacture its own chips, about 1970, it used a sloppier process to make its edge spots, explained below.


Two Christy & Jones chips are shown above with the distinctive Burt Co. edge spots. (Note: Christy & Jones used the horsehead-left mold as well as the hat & cane mold; these two scans courtesy of Jim Blanchard.)  The chip on the left has edge spots a half inch or more in width, so the inside edge of the edge spot was made curved (concave) to parallel the circular edge of the chip and the inner circles of the chip.  The chip on the right has edge spots less than a half inch wide, so the inner end was made straight (because being that small there was no point in curving it -- that is, a curved edge spot would look straight anyway on such a narrow edge spot.)  Note that these two chips have neater edge spots than in the fuzzy-line Paulson chips below.


Three typical Paulson-made hat & cane mold chips.  The edge spots are fuzzier than the Christy & Jones ones, and they are made convex (they bulge out towards the center of the chip).  Anytime you see a chip with edge spots like these (convex bulge or fuzzy, irregular lines), you know it is not a Christy & Jones chip!